Whitbeck, R. H., 1871-1939 (Ray Hughes) / The geography and economic development of southeastern Wisconsin
Chapter VII. The city and county of Racine, pp. 138-178 PDF (10.4 MB)
178 GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN Since 1910 little gain in manufacturing has been made, and some of the above companies have discontinued operations. The milk condensing plant is now the largest industry. The blanket mill, the brass works and the brick and tile plant are still operating. The population in 1910 had grown to 3212, and in 1920 to 3626. INcoRPORATED VILLAGES OF RACINE COUNTY There are four of these: Waterford, Rochester, Corliss and Union Grove. The first two have been places of some local im- portance since about 1840. Both are on the Fox River at points where water power could be developed. Both had early manufacturing industries, including saw mills and grist mills; Waterford had a woolen mill and two flour mills. At Roches- /850 I 223 /860 6.966 1870. 7257 (880 8697 /890 /.S78 /900 /4,988 /9/0 20227 /919 20553 Fig. 71-Diagram showing the increase in the number of cows iif Racine County, 1850-1919. ter, Richard Ela manufactured the first fanning mills made in the county, and J. I. Case began work on his threshing ma- chines, an industry which later grew to great dimensions in Racine. Both villages were on important early highways from Milwaukee and Racine. Waterford was connected with Mil- waukee by plank road about 1850, and Rochester was on the plank road running into Racine. Both villages are now on the electric line running from Burlington to Milwaukee. Water- ford has a population of about 700, while Rochester is one- third as large. Union Grove is an inland village on the branch of the Chi- cago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad running from Racine to Beloit. Corliss is at the junction of two lines of the Chicago, Milwau- kee and St. Paul R. I. a few miles west of Racine. It has manufacturing industries of some importance.
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